Jake Neuman celebrates winning the MOWA sprint car feature at Tri-City Speedway. (Mark Funderburk photo)
GRANITE CITY, Illinois — Fourth-starter Jake Neuman cashed in on a $3,000 payday with the Morrow Brothers Ford MOWA Sprint Car Series at Tri-City Speedway Friday night.
When the grid of 20 cars took the green flag, the race was immediately halted due to a red flag incident on the front stretch. Ryan Bunton and Joe B. Miller were upside down and unable to get back on the field.
Corey Nelson was involved in the altercation and pulled out early with damages.
Daum jumped to the early lead with Bruns in second. NASCAR Cup Series regular Alex Bowman started third and held his position comfortably as Jake Neuman navigated the top shelf of the three-eighth mile oval to get to the point on lap five.
Neuman jumped to a significant lead and approached the overlapping traffic, but was again slowed by a warning on lap eight.
Neuman returned to action with a green flag, pulled away from the field and re-entered traffic with a comfortable lead over Zach Daum and Cory Bruns. Luke Verardi, who was heading for the best end of his career with the series, in turn slowed down three on lap 18 to bring out the final warning of the night.
A two-lap shootout to the finish was set and Neuman knew he had to have a perfect restart to take advantage of the lurking Daum. Neuman’s machine fired a cannon as the field came back to life and never looked back as he sailed to victory ahead of Zach Daum, Ayrton Gennetten, Cory Bruns and Zach Hampton, who started from 20e to finish fifth.
Bowman came home sixth and Chase Briscoe was eighth.
Feature (20 laps): 1.3N-Jake Neuman† 2. 5D-Zach Daum† 3. 3-Ayrton Gennets† 4. 44-Cory Bruns† 5. 35-Zach Hampton† 6. 55-Alex Bowman† 7. 97-Scotty Milan† 8. 14-Chase Briscoe† 9. 10S-Jeremy Standridge† 10. 5-Kory Bales† 11. 21R Gunner Ramey† 12. 79J-Jacob Patton† 13. 1T-Trevin Littleton† 14. 3B Shelby Bosie† 15. 71-Caden Englehart† 16. 28-Luke Verardic† 17. 9X-Paul Nienhiser† 18. 6-Corey Nelson† 19. 51B-Joe B Miller† 20. 6R-Ryan Bunton